Reports of over wintered fish caught at Grafham, Rainbows over 3lb and large brownies.  The rod average for the week was a very respectable 3.6.

Fish 213 (season 11,568) Returns 59(1,673) Rod average 3.6 (6.91)

Despite the tough weather conditions we have seen a few over wintered fish caught at Grafham with good reports of Rainbows over 3lb and large brownies. Mr Garratt managed a good Rainbow of 3½lb. Pitsford Ranger Bob Aves took a fantastic 6lb Brown at Grafham – returning the fish for another day. It was a superb specimen taken on one of the toughest days of the season so far.

The recent strong winds have made conditions difficult for both bank and boat anglers – in spite of this the rod average for the week was a very respectable 3.6.

Throughout the week fish have been up and down and feeding sporadically for short spells before seemingly disappearing again. As the weather has calmed down the fishing has improved with anglers managing limits and more. The best methods are currently di5’s and di7’s fished with blobs, boobies and snakes, particularly in open water with a fast retrieve. Some anglers are having success fishing buzzer on a midge tip with a figure of eight retrieve and many others are succeeding on fast pulled lures.

Some good fish are beginning to come off the Harbour arms again, particularly into the evenings with most methods working well. Other areas fishing well have been the south side of the dam, Plummers and along the south shore line. Once the wind has subsided the north shore will be a lot easier to fish and we expect to see a few shrimp around in the rockier bays, so don’t forget your shrimp patterns. Some anglers have begun to spot this year’s coarse fry in the margins so look out for fry feeding fish in the coming weeks. Most fish from the bank are falling to lures, with the black humungous being the fly of choice for many, however recent success on buzzer and diawl bach is hard to ignore.

Best Rainbow                                 3lb 8oz taken by Mr K Garratt

Best Brown                                    6lb taken by Bob Aves.

Best boat areas                              Perry Point, south dam, Gaynes Cove, the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, West Bank, Rainbow Point, drifting in open water.

Best bank areas                             South dam, Plummers, Harbour Arms, Perry Point, the Seat.

Best methods                                 See report.

Mid week boat winner                   Mr K Garratt of Saffron Walden.

Fish stocked                                 1,000.

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